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Washington Wins Big at the Emmys

“Homeland,” “Game Change,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Louis C.K. swept their categories.

Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Claire Danes both walked away with Emmys last night. Photograph by Kent Smith, courtesy of Showtime.

If you watched last night’s Emmys, we don’t need to tell you that the show itself was a predictably tedious and awkward affair. The only gag more uncomfortable than Jimmy Kimmel being punched in the face by a group of angry actresses? When Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon pretended to wrestle Jon Stewart to stop him from accepting his tenth successive Emmy for best variety series. A visibly out-of-breath Stewart dropping an F-bomb before the ABC censors could catch it was probably the highlight of the evening.

That said, Washingtonians were triumphant—particularly if you count Julie Bowen as a Baltimore native (she picked up an award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Modern Family). Homeland swept the big awards for Best Drama Series, Best Actress (Claire Danes), Best Actor (Damian Lewis), and Best Writing (Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff). Julia Louis-Dreyfus snagged Best Actress in a Comedy for Veep, making it a victory for both the Washington-set show and the actress, who grew up here. And native Washingtonian Louis C.K. won two awards for writing, for a Variety Special and for a Comedy Series.

Game Change also won big, getting awards for Best Directing (Jay Roach), Best Writing (Danny Strong), and Best Actress for Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann even got to hit the stage to share in the award for Best Miniseries or Movie, which was accepted by producer Tom Hanks, sporting a very odd mustache.

What did the awards tell us about Washington? That in addition to being an endless source of creative fodder for writers and producers, we’re also able to produce brilliant homegrown talent.

If you missed the Emmy-sweeping Homeland last season and are catching up via iTunes or DVD now, read our recaps. Keep an eye out later in the week for our review of the first episode of season two, airing on Showtime this Sunday at 10 PM.

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